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April 11, 2015 4:54 PM

F1 » Button: I thought we'd be more competitive

Ever the politician he always says the right thing, however McLaren are a long long way from being competitive, 17 and 18 is as bad as it gets baring in mind the Manor cars are last years with last years engines. It is said they are 100BHP down but I suspect it is a lot more than that and if they cannot use or find that power they are not going to make up the gap on chassis alone. They have been on average 2 seconds or more down for the past three seasons despite having a Mercedes engine for two of them. The problems I suspect are far bigger than they will let on but that's Mclaren for you always taking about how good they are or rather were. Words won't solve their problems but more development might lead to some success come 2016/17.


April 10, 2015 4:38 PM

F1 » Top ten Button puts McLaren-Honda on course for Q2

They will need to maintain the improvement to get though Q2, I expect the other teams to all go faster come qualifying but it's a good performance from McLaren all the same. They are about two seconds off the pace and unless there is a lot more power to come they will be back to their position of the last two years or so where constant improvements failed to keep up with the opposition.


April 08, 2015 7:12 AM

F1 » Button not expecting McLaren improvements in China

theoldgitspeaks: ...and let Magnussen take his rightful place alongside Alonso.
Magnussen is already in his rightful place - on the reserve bench. Tell me, exactly how much bigger of a whooping would Button had to have given Magnussen before you would get a clue and realise that the much better driver got the seat?
But that is not really the point is it, the actual point I was making is that it would be much more beneficial for Magnussen than Button to have the drive while the car is developed, Button can only lose face while Magnussen needs the experience.


April 07, 2015 1:15 PM

F1 » Button not expecting McLaren improvements in China

There will be no real success for McLaren until long after Button is put out to grass. It was a mistake for him to wait around for McLaren to offer him a seat, his last two years in F1 will gain him nothing buy a reduced salary. If he wanted to continue racing he should have followed Webber into sports cars, at least he would have had a chance of adding to his career wins as it is he will be trailing round at the tail of the field while Alonso will take any credit that accrues and I doubt that will be until 2017/18 long after Button is retired, i wonder if when he relises that no results are going to come his way he might just pull the plug at this seasons end and let Magnussen take his rightful place alongside Alonso.


April 08, 2015 12:51 PM

F1 » China, Bahrain won’t show same McLaren gains

They started from such a low point that any initial improvement was always going to be fairly large and it stands to reason that once they are up to full power we will see where they are in the pecking order, personally I think that will be in the bottom half of the grid. McLaren have a poor record of developing poor cars and there have been a few of them recently and that's enough to suggest that it will be 2016/7 before they show any real competivness and that's assuming that the Honda unit is as good as they think it is, if it's not then this partnership is a dead duck just waiting to be put down.

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